Island Wildlife

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Evening Boat Excursion

One evening last week, we took the boat out for a couple hours. With daylight savings, our evenings are longer now and conducive to such weekday adventures!

This particular boat excursion was in a 17 foot Boston Whaler, the boat in which I’m being taught to actually DRIVE (and dock and anchor and tie up, etc.) rather than to simply enjoy going along for the ride. But I begged off taking the wheel first since I wanted to snap some blog photos for you!

Off we went. We pulled away from the private dock and waved good-bye to Milo, one… Continue reading

Fish-Cleaning Video

Good morning, Better Lifers! I have a special treat for you today . . . a video!

Some of the guys went out diving (e.g., free-diving and spear-fishing) on Sunday afternoon. They brought back boatloads – literally – of fish. I enjoyed hanging out at the fish-cleaning bench with all the action. I happily snapped away to take tons of pictures for you and will post those soon. Meanwhile, enjoy this video preview!

Here’s a quick description of what you’re about to see . . .

One of the guys skillfully cleans a large grouper. He holds the fish by… Continue reading

Sharks & Eels & Barracudas, Oh My!

For as many years as I can remember as a child, I loved curling up with family and a bowl of popcorn and watching the once-a-year televised airing of The Wizard of Oz. (Somehow, that felt far more special than our ability now to download or watch a DVD any ol’ time you please.) Anyway, one of the memorable lines in the movie was Dorothy’s innocent exclamation, “Lions and tigers and bears – oh my!” As I delve deeper (no pun intended) into my new world, I am far more apt to blurt, “Shark!” or “Eel!” or “Barracuda!” Oh… Continue reading

Island Dog

Good morning and welcome to the start of a new week!  As for me today, sigh.  Angel is beset with some mysterious malady on her back toes.  Although seemingly not in pain, she is clearly in discomfort – practically licking her foot off and pulling out the hair with her teeth.  My home remedy attempts aren’t helping, so it’s time to consult the professionals.  But, of course, no veterinarians practice on the island, and I don’t want to travel to Nassau just to see a vet there.  For urgent cases, people can make a… Continue reading

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